Asked on Apr 11, 2017

Remove scuffs/scratches from metal door.

by Qqueen5000
My metal storm door was scuffed (scratched?) when moving out furniture. I have tried acetone, rubbing alcohol, touch-up paint, magic eraser. Is my only fix, taking the door off and spray painting the whole thing? Suggestions?
  5 answers
  • Shoshana Shoshana on Apr 12, 2017

    When cleaning metal it is important to work with the grain or you could possibly cause more damage than good. You could try a mixture of Barkeeper's Friend and water (mixed to a toothpastey consistency) and gently scrub the scruffs. If that doesn't work then you can definitely try a fresh paint job. You can handle that!

  • Carol Carol on Apr 12, 2017

    I have used a solvent such as varsol and removed stains on the vinyl casing of my doors and scuffs on painted steel doors. Try on an inconspicuous place first.. Sometimes. white toothpast will work. Rub gently because it can have an abrasive effect.

  • Donpaulin Donpaulin on Apr 12, 2017

    While the two previous ideas are OK for a scuff, you mention scratch and their solutions will not work for a scratch. For a scratch on a metal door you need to go to instructions on how to repair an auto scratch (think 'keyed'). That requires buffing -- but hey, just google 'metal scratch repair'. Using the good top-notch acrylic enamels available today you can achieve good results by roll-brushing metal.

  • Sandra Sandra on Dec 13, 2020

    Steel door is scared around knob and lock. How can I fix without painting whole door

  • Steve Steve on Dec 29, 2020

    I have the same scarring issue that I am seeking an answer for.